Large 1949 fielding photograph of Artie Wilson in uniform with the San Diego Padres. Wilson was a huge star in the Negro Leagues and could easily be in the Hall of Fame. In 1948 he finished with a .402 average and is considered the last player to break the .400 barrier in a top baseball league. As the top prospect in all of baseball, he was fought over in 1949 by several teams including the Yankees. He was sold to the Yankees but Wilson negotiated his own deal with the Padres (where he is pictured here) but it was voided by the Commissioner. The Yankees got him and then promptly sold him to Oakland where he broke the color barrier in that city and was Billy Martin's roommate. The offered image is one of only a handful known of Wilson in Padres uniform as he never actually played for the team! Condition is pretty nice with some editorial markings (remnants) around his head and with perfect clarity.
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 8/10